Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We're Looking for a new Use Case Tester

T-PEN is looking to expand its development team to include a new post-doc position in the final year of development. See the ad below:

Saint Louis University, a Jesuit Catholic institution dedicated to education, research, healthcare and service, seeks applications for a full-time, limited contract, Research Fellow (Senior Research Assistant) in the Center for Digital Theology. The successful candidate will join a research team which is developing a web-based application in digital humanities: T-PEN (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation) is a web-based tool that assist scholars who wish to transcribe from digitized, unpublished manuscripts. T-PEN has been in development for a year, and the new Research Fellow will contribute to its completion over the next year. Details of the project may be found at

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Fellow works alongside a Java Developer and GUI Developer as well as the project's other Co-PI, Professor Abigail Firey (University of Kentucky). The Research Fellow contributes to T-PEN's general development (which features to create or modify, how to make the application more usable, etc.), participates in bug reporting and usability testing, attends weekly staff meetings, and executes a transcription project that will act as a major use case for T-PEN. That project will be based on one or more the 2,600 manuscripts that T-PEN currently has permission to use, which are drawn from five partnering digital repositories (Parker on the Web, e-codices, CEEC, Hougthon Library [Harvard] and Assisi). The Research Fellow will publish a working digital edition of the text based on the transcription work using T-PEN throughout the academic year. The Research Fellow also contributes posts to T-PEN’s blog and must be willing to "tweet" about the project on a regular basis on Twitter.
The successful candidate will possess a doctorate in medieval studies (or a single humanities discipline with a medieval research focus) and will have strong, demonstrated skills in paleography and Latin and/or a medieval vernacular language. Some experience in text editing would also be an asset. The successful candidate must have demonstrable experience in the digital humanities (such as digital text editing, software development, digital image analysis, database development, etc.). Experience with XML encoding would also be an asset. (S)he must also possess strong interpersonal skills, be able to work in a team environment, and be able to work to set deadlines. The position will begin immediately upon hire and will terminate on 30 April 2012. The annual salary will be $40,000, paid on a monthly basis. The position includes medical and other minor benefits.
Summary of Qualifications
- PhD in Medieval Studies (or a single humanities discipline with a medieval research focus)
- Demonstrated skill in Paleography and Latin (and/or a medieval vernacular language)
- Demonstrable experience in digital humanities
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment
- Able to work to set deadlines
- Experience in text editing
- Experience with XML encoding

Applications are to be submitted on line at Please include a letter of application, a CV, a list of URLs of previous projects or a sample written piece that engages the methods of digital humanities, and a list of three referees. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Professor James Ginther, Director, Center for Digital Theology, for any additional information at
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.